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  1. For the record, La Russa left Oakland after the ’95 season. Art Howe was the manager then.

    Comment by Zach — May 7, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

  2. I apparently can’t see, because I read the year as 1988, which is what prompted the LaRussa joke. Thanks for the correction.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — May 7, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  3. I was hoping Penny’s 10 earned runs would be a little more epic myself…. Pretty amazing how long they’ll leave a guy in there.

    Pedro Martinez in 2003 had one of these 10 earned run games. He only gave up 46 earned runs the entire season and without it he would have had a 1.73 ERA, as opposed to a 2.22 ERA. It really does happen to the best of them.

    Comment by David Appelman — May 7, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

  4. Nice. These are the kind of baseball fun facts that everyone should know. They much more interesting in a bar than VORP numbers. VORP tells you how to win baseball games, but this makes you friends (which in my experience, VORP does not.)

    The best of all of them that you linked to: Luke Hudson coughed up 10 ER while getting only one out Aug. 13th 2006, in the first inning in his only start for the Royals that season. His ERA for the outing: 272.72. At this point, don’t you just leave the guy in the game to give your bullpen a day off? (No, because he can’t throw 1269 pitches in a single game, which is what he was on pace to do over nine innings.) If anyone knows of a worse start, or a worse single inning, in the history of baseball, please pass it on.

    Comment by philosofool — May 7, 2008 @ 6:50 pm

  5. Jason Jennings on 7/29/07 gave up 11 runs in 2/3 innings. I’m not sure if it’s a worse outing since Jennings did get double the outs….

    Comment by David Appelman — May 7, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

  6. Philosofool, I believe Hudson’s 1/3 IP, 10 ER is actually the worst of all time. For some reason I had it in my head that the Royals came back and almost won, but they really lost 13-0.

    But anyway, the single outing raised Hudson’s season ERA from 4.65 to 6.39. And it was August 13th. That’s mind-boggling.

    Comment by Zach — May 7, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

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